Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Civil Engineering books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
- Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down (2003)
- Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (2012)
- A Dictionary of Construction, Surveying, and Civil Engineering (Oxford Quick Reference) (2012)
- Introduction to Civil Engineering: A Student’s Guide to Academic and Professional Success (Revised First Edition) (2014)
- Civil Engineering PE Practice Exams: 2 Full Breadth Exams (2018)
- Engineering the City: How Infrastructure Works, Projects and Principles for Beginners (2000)
- The Engineering Is Easy: Memoir of a Project Manager (2019)
- People Skills for Engineers (2018)
- Introduction to Infrastructure: An Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering (2011)
- Civil Engineering PE Practice Exams: Five Full Breadth Exams With Detailed Solutions (2019)
- Structural Principles (1984)
- Geology for Engineers and Environmental Scientists (3rd Edition) (2006)
- Design of Hydraulic Steel Structures (Technical Engineering and Design Guides As Adapted from the U.s. Army Corps of Engineers) (1997)
- FE Civil Review (2017)
Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down (2003)
For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don’t collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back–or give way under–thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper, a bias-cut dress, or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions.Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down is an informal explanation of the basic forces that hold togeth…
Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (2012)
Civil engineering has made an inestimable contribution to modern life, providing the crucial expertise behind our vast transportation systems and the wide array of built structures where we work, study, and play. In this Very Short Introduction, engineer David Muir Wood turns a spotlight on a field that we often take for granted.
A Dictionary of Construction, Surveying, and Civil Engineering (Oxford Quick Reference) (2012)
Written by an experienced team of experts, this new reference work offers the most up-to-date coverage available of building, surveying, and civil engineering terms. It boasts more than 9,800 alphabetically arranged entries covering the key areas of construction technology and practice, civil and construction engineering, construction management techniques and processes, and legal aspects such as contracts and procurement. Illustrations complement entries where necessary.
Introduction to Civil Engineering: A Student’s Guide to Academic and Professional Success (Revised First Edition) (2014)
Designed for introductory courses, Introduction to Civil Engineering serves as both a textbook and a professional guide. It addresses all aspects of education and professional preparation for civil engineers, beginning with major technical areas and attributes and concluding with hiring opportunities.
Civil Engineering PE Practice Exams: 2 Full Breadth Exams (2018)
Contains 80 problems that are representative of the actual Civil Engineering PE Exam. Each question has been designed in accordance with the latest NCEES specifications. These questions were created by real, practicing civil engineers that are familiar with the actual exam. Each question comes with a detailed solution to help you study efficiently and effectively.
Engineering the City: How Infrastructure Works, Projects and Principles for Beginners (2000)
How does a city obtain water, gas, and electricity? Where do these services come from? How are they transported? The answer is infrastructure, or the inner, and sometimes invisible, workings of the city.
The Engineering Is Easy: Memoir of a Project Manager (2019)
Project managers will learn how to overcome pitfalls in this self-help guide for managing projects. Written in memoir format, this book also is useful for those considering project management as a career and anyone supervising project managers.
People Skills for Engineers (2018)
Do you feel disconnected from the other engineers you work with? Are personal interactions often uncomfortable, adversarial, or just plain weird?
Introduction to Infrastructure: An Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering (2011)
Introduction to Infrastructure: An Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering breaks new ground in preparing civil and environmental engineers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Civil Engineering PE Practice Exams: Five Full Breadth Exams With Detailed Solutions (2019)
This book includes five full breadth exams with detailed solutions based on the specifications of CIVIL Engineering PE exam by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). This book contains two sections: Section one: This section includes 200 questions as five separate exams with questions in various topics including Construction, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation, and Water Resources and Environmental.
Structural Principles (1984)
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Geology for Engineers and Environmental Scientists (3rd Edition) (2006)
Provides readers with an introduction to geology with a focus on real-world applications. Case histories in nearly every chapter help emphasize the relationship between geology and engineering. Has a solid background in the basics of geology including mineralogy, igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, structural geology and plate tectonics, weathering and erosion, rivers, coastlines, and glaciers.
Design of Hydraulic Steel Structures (Technical Engineering and Design Guides As Adapted from the U.s. Army Corps of Engineers) (1997)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Technical Engineering and Design Guide No. 22 prescribes guidance for designing hydraulic steel structures by load and resistance factor design (LRFD) and fracture control.
FE Civil Review (2017)
Michael R. Lindeburg PE’s FE Civil Review offers complete review of all knowledge areas for the FE Civil exam. It has been brought to our attention that counterfeit PPI books have been circulating.
Best Civil Engineering Books: The Ultimate List
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Foundation and Forensic Geotechnical Engineering: Proceedings of the Indian Geotechnical Conference 2021 Volume 2
Author(s): Kasinathan Muthukkumaran, C. N. V. Satyanarayana Reddy, Anil Joseph, S. Senthamilkumar
ID: 3524840, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2023, Size: 13 Mb, Format: pdf
Applied Geotechnics for Construction Projects, Volume 1: Soil and Experimental Data
Author(s): Ammar Dhouib
ID: 3541325, Publisher: Wiley-ISTE, Year: 2023, Size: 27 Mb, Format: pdf
Design and Construction of Bioclimatic Wooden Greenhouses, Volume 3: Design of Construction: Envelopes
Author(s): Gian Luca Brunetti
ID: 3541329, Publisher: Wiley-ISTE, Year: 2023, Size: 34 Mb, Format: pdf
Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really chart-busters according to The Wall Street Journal, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.